SUMAYYA USMANI is a writer and cookery teacher based in Glasgow, Scotland. She specialises in the cuisine of Pakistan and travels regularly to her homeland. Sumayya teaches Pakistani cookery at various schools across the UK and her debut book Summers Under the Tamarind Tree won the Best First Cookbook category in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
'This book is a treasure' - Madhur Jaffrey
It was also shortlisted for the Food & Travel Awards 2016, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2016, and was voted a cookbook of the year in many publications including The Guardian, Independent, Irish Times and Sunday Herald. Sumayya advocates cooking by "andaza", (sensory and estimation cooking), which is how she learnt to cook from her mother and grandmothers from a very young age.
She appears frequently in the media online, in print and on television, and is a co-presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s The Kitchen Café.